Perception of Sport Psychologists Among African American College Student Athletes

Student(s):

Desean Binyard, Senior, Sport Management, Metropolitan College of Professional Studies

Faculty Mentor(s):

Dr. Robert Lindsey, Johnson C. Smith University

Discipline:

Health

Abstract:

It has been shown that the public derogates athletes who seek service from sport psychologist suggesting that sport psychology services need to be normalized. Therefore, the purpose of the study was to examine the perception of sport psychology consultant among college student athletes. Attitudes towards sport psychologists was measured using a Modified version of the Sport Psychology Attitudes Survey. The responses on the questionnaire ranged from 1 to 5 on a Likert scale with 1 being Strongly Disagree to 5 being Strongly Agree. Independent t-test and ANOVA were utilized to determine the differences between the demographic categories and the perception of sport psychologists questions, alpha = .05. Independent t test revealed that there was a significant difference between males and females and their perception of sport psychologists. Analysis of variance revealed that there was a significant difference between the classification of the student athlete and their perception of sport psychologists. Analysis of variance also revealed that there was a significant difference between the sport of the student athlete and their perception of sport psychologists. Recommendations are made to further examine attitudes towards sport psychology consultants African American college student athletes.

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